The official White House portrait of Lady Bird Johnson. (The White House Historical Association)

Lady Bird Johnson to be honored with a U.S. stamp

Jul 30, 2012

The United States Postal Service has announced that Lady Bird Johnson, a highly respected and influential woman in American history, will be recognized with a commemorative Forever Stamp to celebrate the centennial of her birth this year. She was born Dec. 22, 1912, and died at her home in Austin on July 11, 2007.

The new Forever Stamp honoring Johnson will feature her official White House portrait, as well as the artwork of stamps originally issued in the 1960s to encourage planting flowers to beautify America, according to a news release from the USPS.

“Lady Bird Johnson’s impact to society continues to be felt by many today,” said Thurgood Marshall Jr., Chairman of the Postal Service Board of Governors. “Anyone who drives our nation’s highways today still benefits from her leadership transforming the American landscape and helping preserve its natural beauty. We’re pleased to honor her with this stamp.”

“During her lifetime Lady Bird Johnson was recognized for many achievements related to her advocacy for the environment, including the passing of The Highway Beautification Act of 1965,” said postmaster general and CEO Patrick R. Donahoe. “We’re pleased to join the celebration honoring what would be her 100-year birthday and also to continue to help further her important legacy of creating a more beautiful America.”

The stamps are set to be issued for sale nationwide in December.